M.S. in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science

Annual TCBES Research Symposium Program

View the full presentation abstracts for the 11th Annual TCBES Research Symposium.

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Time Morning Event
8:30am-9am Kīpaepae Welcoming Ceremony by Hawaiʻi Papa o k ao
9am-9:30am Opening Remarks
9:30am-10:30am Keynote Speaker: Paula Ayotte, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
10:30am-10:45am Questions

1st Session: 5 and 15 min talks

Time Speaker Title
11:00am Maya Goodoni, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Watershed Management: Investigating Microalgal Nitrogen Isotopes in Kiholo Bay
11:08am Kelsey Meagher, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Hawaiʻi Hawksbill Sea Turtle Recovery Project
11:15am Elliott Parsons, UH Hilo Faculty/Natural Resource Manager Puʻuwaʻawaʻa Forest Reserve, an amazing place to do research
11:30am Erin Netoskie, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Behavioral landscape of ʻŌmaʻo (Myadestes obscurus) vocalizations in a naturally fragmented landscape
11:45am Jeff Stallman, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Two recently reported deadly-poisonous fungi from the Hilo and Puna Districts of Hawaiʻi Island
11:53am Bryan Tonga, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Identifying sewage pollution hotspots in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

12:10pm-2:00pm Lunch Break

Rebecca “Becky” Ostertag

2nd Session: 15 min talks

Time Speaker Title
2:00pm Karen Gallardo, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Examining the Effect of Helicopter Noise on Bird Assemblages in Hawaiʻi’s Protected Natural Areas
2:15pm Mia Lamirand, UH Hilo Undergraduate Student Investigating the relationship between the feeding territory area of Ornate Butterflyfish and live coral coverage
2:30 Jazmine Panelo, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Spatial distribution and sources of land-based nutrients at two coastal developments in South Kohala
2:45pm Ashley Pugh, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student The Hawaiian Blue Octocoral, Sarcothelia edmondsoni, as a pollution indicator species
3:00pm Michaela Setzer, UH Hilo Undergraduate Student Hehihehi management for microbially mediated sediment removal in fishponds

3rd Session: 15 min talks

Time Speaker Titles
3:30pm Devon Aguiar, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Sewage Pollution Monitoring on a South Kohala Reef
3:45pm Brianna Craig, UH Hilo Undergraduate Student Characterizing Habitat Complexity and Fish Assemblage Structure at French Frigate Shoals Using 3-Dimensional Reconstruction Techniques
4:00pm Tim Grabowski, UH Hilo Faculty/Agency Researcher Using citizen science to evaluate the influence of the marine ornamental fishery on Hawaiian reef fish occurrence and abundance
4:15pm Maya Munstermann, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student The global ecological signature of extinction risk in terrestrial vertebrates
4:30pm Jonathan Price, UH Hilo Faculty Moving toward data-driven ecological restoration of vegetation in the Hawaiian Islands
4:45pm Maria Steadmon, UH Hilo Undergraduate Student Coastal Staphylococcus aureus concentrations in relation to tidal fluctuations in Hilo, Hawaiʻi
5:00pm Closing Remarks

Friday, April 12th, 2019

Time Morning Event
8:30am-9:00am Opening Remarks
9:00am-10:00am Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Burns, UH Hilo Marine Science Department

4th Session: 5 and 15 min talks

Time Speaker Title
10:00am Alex Bischer, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student 2019 Puʻu Mali Palila Reintroduction
10:08am Angalee Kirby, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Is Biological Nitrogen Fixation Strategy Tied to Invasive Success for Non-Native Woody Legumes in Hawaiʻi?
10:16am Kimo Melcher, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student The application of sUAS and LiDAR in new and emerging erosion mitigation strategies
10:25am Joanna Norton, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Can compost from a nitrogen-fixing tree, Falcataria moluccana, replace synthetic fertilizer and store carbon in agricultural systems?
10:40am Ricky Tabandera, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Comparison of fish assemblages and habitat use of native and introduced estuarine species in a fishpond complex in Hilo, Hawaiʻi

5th Session: 5 and 15 min talks

Time Speaker Title
11:00am John T. Flint, Thatmini Kularatna, Emma Sinclair, Kimo Melcher, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Students Spatial Differences of Invasive and Native Plant Species on the UH Hilo Campus
11:15am Bobbie Suaerz, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Identification of individual Achilles Tang Acanthurus achilles using digital photography and machine learning algorithms
11:30am Gary Sur, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Leaf fungal endophyte diversity varies among Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) taxa on Oʻahu
11:45am Koa Matsuoka, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Seed Dispersal & Germination by Native vs. Exotic Avian Frugivores of Hawaiʻi
11:53am Nicolas Vanderzyl, UH Hilo Undergraduate Student Microplastic accumulation patterns of a newly formed beach

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch Break

6th Session: 15 min talks

Time Speaker Title
1:00pm Eszter Collier, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Mapping Biological Soil Crusts in the Kawaihae Watershed
1:15pm Jon Gabriel Ehrenberg, UH Hilo Undergraduate Student Effect of sex ratios on captive social behavior and mating systems of Potter’s Angelfish, Centropyge potteri
1:30pm Marty Kawasaki, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student The urbanization of the Hawaiian stilt: Meet the new neighbors
1:45pm Jared Nishimoto, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Developing an underdominance gene drive system in the southern house mosquito
2:00pm Leah Sherwood, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Applying object recognition technology to identify plastic marine debris objects during beach surveys

7th Session: 15 min talks

Time Speaker Title
2:10pm Angela Beck, UH Hilo TCBES Graduate Student Variability in the Repertoires and Singing Behavior of Male and Female ‘I‘iwi (Drepanis coccinea)
2:25pm Tyler Gerken, UH Hilo Undergraduate Student Soil Sources of Staphylococcus aureus and Fecal Indicator Bacteria in the Hilo Bay Watershed
2:40pm Jonathan Koch, UH Hilo Post-doc Rapid X chromosome evolution despite a lack of genome-wide differentiation during the biological invasion of a global insect pest
2:55pm Madori Rumpungworn, UH Hilo Undergraduate Student Machine annotation of Puaiohi calls in environmental acoustic recordings

Poster Session & Pau Hana Reception

Time Poster Author Title
3:30-5:00pm Brennan Palani Buccat, Leeward Community College Undergraduate Student Isolation and Characterization of Endorhizzal Bacteria in Root Nodules of Leguminous Plants at Leeward Community College, O‘ahu Hawaiʻi
3:30-5:00pm Briana Banua, Leeward Community College Undergraduate Student Optimization of the use of Procambarus clarkii in Aquaponics
3:30-5:00pm Diana Le, Leeward Community College Undergraduate Student Synthesis, Computational Analysis, and Antimicrobial Evaluation of Electron-donating and Electron-withdrawing Substituents on Chalcone Derivatives
3:30-5:00pm E. Escobar, K. Agnoias, and S.T. Nakanishi, UH Hilo An update on the survey of antibacterial efficacy of native Hawaiian plant extracts: Focus on ‘Ohia lehua and gram-positive bacteria
3:30-5:00pm Kayla Caliboso, Leeward Community College Undergraduate Student Cecal Microbiome Profile of Hawaiian Feral Chickens and Pastured Commercial Chickens
3:30-5:00pm Kiana Rich, Leeward Community College Undergraduate Student and Daniela Dutra Elliott, LCC Faculty Effects of mycorrhizae inoculants on Theobroma cacao and its potential use in agroforestry
3:30-5:00pm Lindsey Howells, UH Hilo Undergraduate Student A software tool for producing annotations of prolonged audio recordings using machine learning and deep neural networks
3:30-5:00pm Maverick Kaopio, UH Hilo Undergraduate Student Assessment of the Impact of Artificial Reefs on Shoreline Erosion through Physical Modeling
3:30-5:00pm Michele Pangelinan, Leeward Community College, and Ashley Yuen, UH Mānoa Undergraduate Students Identification of fungal contaminants using DNA barcoding
3:30-5:00pm M.R. Morrissey, M.L. Webber, and S.T.Nakanishi, UH Hilo Modification of body regeneration using Hawaiian plant extracts in planaria
3:30-5:00pm S. Brandenstein and S.T. Nakanishi, UH Hilo On the ecological restoration of Kahoʻolawe
3:30-5:00pm Valeria Alicea-Colon, Leeward Community College Undergraduate Student Expression of Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Receptor(GnRHR) in the Oviduct of Laying Hens
4:45pm Judge Deliberation
5:00-5:30pm Student Award Winners Announcement
Silent Auction, Raffle Winners
Closing Remarks

10th Annual TCBES Research Symposium Program